Stag-gering galvanising project

Jul 14, 2023 | Featured Article, News

A bespoke sculpture made by a budding metalworker has been protected against the elements, thanks to a local galvanising company. 

East Anglian Galvanizing Ltd was called upon to galvanise a life-sized sculpture of a stag for 20-year-old, Cambridgeshire-based sculptor Harry Jackson.

Standing at two metres tall (from hoof to antlers), the stag sculpture was first designed digitally before being cut out of 2mm hot rolled mild steel sheets using Jackson’s homemade CNC plasma cutter. All parts were then cleaned through a wire wheel, bent on a homemade press brake, and finally tacked together and dressed down in preparation for galvanising. 

“After creation, I enlisted the help of East Anglian Galvanizing to finish the piece off,” explains Jackson. “I’ve worked with them before when I galvanised two other animal sculptures, and they were incredibly helpful.”

The galvanising process saw the stag entirely dipped in a large bath of molten zinc at 450°C, ensuring it’s protected from corrosion for more than 70 years. 

“Harry is exceptionally talented, and it’s been a real pleasure supporting him in galvanising his sculptures,” says Jake Pinner, Sales Manager at East Anglian Galvanizing. “It’s so very refreshing to see someone of his age take such an interest in this sector, and be so proactive and dynamic in approaching us.”

East Anglian Galvanizing is part of Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, the largest hot-dip galvanising organisation in the UK with 14 plants strategically placed across the country and a history dating back over 150 years. 

Galvanised sculpture of a stag

Th sculpture of a stag was galvanised by East Anglian Galvanizing Ltd